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Joe Nathan nails down fourth save Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A 6.23 earned run average indicates that it hasn't been easy for new Tigers closer Joe Nathan this season, but he is nailing down saves.

Nathan notched his fourth Thursday against Chicago, though he did have the comfort of a three-run lead. He walked Marcus Semien with one out, but fanned Jose Abreu. The game ended strangely on batter's interference.

The veteran closer has allowed at least one batter to reach base in seven of his eight appearances this season and has surrendered one run or more in four of them.

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Max Scherzer escapes jams in defeat of White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer needed 109 pitches to get through six innings Thursday against the White Sox, but that was enough to secure his second straight win.

Scherzer recovered from yielding a second-inning home run to Adam Dunn and left with a 3-2 lead. He escaped jams in the fourth and fifth innings in which he left two on base. He gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He has just seven walks and 34 strikeouts in 27 innings this season.

He will try to make it three in a row overall and two consecutive wins against the White Sox next Wednesday in Chicago.

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Yankees dispatch two to minors
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Yankees have optioned infielder Dean Anna and reliever Preston Claiborne to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and transferred starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the 60-day disabled list.

Anna struggled at the plate when given the opportunity this season with three hits in 22 at-bats. Claiborne, however, performed well. He yielded one earned run in four innings covering two appearances.

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Brent Suter pitching well early thanks to quick tempo
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers starting pitcher prospect Brent Suter is dialed in for Double-A Huntsville. Suter won for the third time in four starts and took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 win over Mobile.

Suter allowed just a walk through eight innings before giving up a single to lead off the ninth inning. He was immediately removed after allowing the single, but not before he threw 67 of 100 pitches for strikes.

Suter allowed one run on one hit and one walk in eight-plus innings, while striking out seven. He is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and .134 opponents' batting average in four starts. He has 24 strikeouts to four walks issued in 25 innings.

"It's not my stuff, I'll say that," he told MLB.com about his early season success. "I don't exactly have standout stuff, but I know if I'm throwing strikes and working quickly, that's when I'm successful.

"My calling card is really my tempo. If I get going quickly, it keeps the defense on their toes, it hopefully keeps the hitters from getting comfortable. That's the way I'll be successful here."

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Paul Konerko working on new role as part-timer
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

It took White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko 20 days and 16 at-bats to get his second hit of the season. But he has begun to adjust to his new professional life as mostly a pinch-hitter.

"I've played a million games. I've been playing for a long time," he explained to MLB.com. "But you know this role here, no matter how many games you played before or where you are at, it's always a little bit of an adjustment. It still is.

"There are some things that happen just in talking to guys who have done it before, you go out and feel good. Your eyes tell you what to do and you are doing everything right and everything doesn't end up going right. That's normal ... you have to practice it."

That practice has begun to pay off for Konerko, who has four hits in his last six at-bats, including a double.

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Rangers hopeful Shin-Soo Choo can avoid DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has shown some improvement in his sprained left ankle, giving the team hope he will not need a stint on the disabled list.

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Neftali Feliz has no structural damage in elbow
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz has been diagnosed with general soreness and inflammation in his right elbow after undergoing further examination.

Feliz has no structural issues in the ligaments and tendons, but he will be placed on the minor-league disabled list and likely begin a throwing program later this week.

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Pedro Figueroa expected to have Tommy John surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rangers reliever Pedro Figueroa has a torn ligament and flexor tendon in his left elbow. He is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery next week.

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Kevin Kouzmanoff headed back to Texas for more tests
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff is headed back to Texas to undergo more testing on his injured back. The Rangers want to get a better idea of Kouzmanoff's situation since he hasn't improved as much as they would have liked.

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Russell Martin dealing with 'lower body soreness'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Pirates catcher Russell Martin is dealing with some "lower body soreness," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The injury is not considered serious, and Martin expects to be in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals. Martin sat out Thursday afternoon, but that's fairly typical the day after a night game.

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